D. D. Lewis (linebacker b. 1945)
|Date of birth:||October 16, 1945|
|Place of birth:||Knoxville, TN|
|NFL Draft:||1968 / Round: 6 / Pick: 159|
|1968, 1970-1981||Dallas Cowboys|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Honors:||College Football Hall of Fame
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
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Dwight Douglas "D. D." Lewis (born October 16, 1945 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Mississippi State University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1968 NFL Draft. Lewis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Born in 1945 in Knoxville Tennessee, he was the youngest of 14 children.
Lewis attended Fulton High School, where he was a Tennessee All-State linebacker in 1963.
He starred at Mississippi State University from 1965 to 1967 as a two-way player and three-year starter. D.D. Lewis led Mississippi State in tackles and assists all three of his varsity seasons and was named team captain his senior year.
Repeatedly anointed as the top linebacker in the Southeastern Conference, Lewis made a distinct impression on rival coaches. Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant called D.D. Lewis "the best linebacker in the country". Bill Yeoman applauded Lewis' ability to recover and pursue and said he was the finest linebacker he had seen that year. Following the 1967 season, Vince Dooley said he was the best linebacker Georgia had faced - "He's terrific.".
His best game was in the 1975 season NFC Championship Game, in which he intercepted two passes in a 37-7 victory against Los Angeles Rams, helping the Cowboys become the first wild-card team to make it to the Super Bowl.
To this day, he holds the Cowboys playoff record with 27 games played. During his NFL career, Lewis played in 12 NFC Divisional Contests, one NFC Wild Card Contest and nine NFC Championship Games. He made five Super Bowl appearances while winning Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII. During the 1980 season, he became along with Larry Cole, the first three-decade players in franchise history.
Although he was never selected to a Pro Bowl or All-Pro squad, he served as defensive co-captain in 1977 and 1978. In 1984, he was named to the Cowboys Silver Anniversary Team. He started 135 consecutive games, which ties him for third place in team history.
- "Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Inductees". msfame.com. Retrieved 2008-06-26.